Carrie Rengers

GoodSports Enterprises tries letter instead of lawsuit to get back in field house project

The GoodSports Fieldhouse is the centerpiece of a $50 million destination tourist development being planned.
The GoodSports Fieldhouse is the centerpiece of a $50 million destination tourist development being planned. Wichita

Florida-based GoodSports Enterprises has sent a letter to the city of Wichita in what vice president for development Anthony Homer says is an effort to avoid a lawsuit.

Earlier this month, the city and Wichita Destination Developers, the master developer for the field house and hotel complex near K-96 and Greenwich, said they were moving on without GoodSports due to what they say is the company’s failure to produce appropriate paperwork and financing for the project.

“They assumed that there was a lawsuit coming, so they just clammed up and stopped talking to us,” Homer says. “What we’re trying to do with the letter here is just get them back to the table.”

He says he believes that the master developer wants the project for itself.

“What we found here is the fox is truly guarding the henhouse,” Homer says. “We’re really hoping that the state and other parties who are involved after taking a look at this will be able to convince the master developer and the city to … put this project back on track.”

GoodSports had a deadline of Jan. 1 to begin construction. It received a couple of extensions. Then, in late February, the city and master developer began a default process against GoodSports, which the master developer described as a legal hurdle GoodSports had to clear in order to do the project.

Homer says the city and master developer had unreasonable demands. He says GoodSports will take its own legal action if necessary.

“If we have to take this to court, everything gets thrown into jeopardy because we’re going to stop it.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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